The growing popularity of air purifiers in the home, boosted by the amount of time we’re all spending there right now, can’t be denied, but the Mila positions itself as a different kind of purifier. And when it comes to smarts, it’s hard to refute that claim.
The air purifier covers areas up to 1000 sq ft and allows users to customise and monitor pretty much every aspect of its capabilities. Want to see how many chemicals were released into the air while you were making pasta? Great. Need to know whether the air outside is clean enough for you to open a window safely? That information is clearly available. Want to measure the air quality in your bedroom compared to last week? Well… you get the picture.
But how does the feature-packed machine perform over time? We set one up at home to see if it could really do everything it promised, rating it on its usefulness, app performance and how it fit into daily life. Scroll down to see what we thought.
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Mila Air Purifier: Set-Up and Specs
- Area size: 1000 sq ft
- Filter: HEPA
- Noise: from 24dB
- Dimensions: 18.5 x 14.75 x 14.75in
- Weight: 17.96lbs
The Mila air purifier works pretty much out of the box, and you don’t even have to screw on the legs. The only thing to remember is that the filter inside is wrapped in plastic when it arrives, so be sure to open it up and remove the packaging before switching on!
Once that’s done and you have found a good spot for your purifier, you will need to download the Mila Cares app. It’s here where you’ll be spending most of your time, as the physical controls on the unit are limited to manual/auto mode. The screen does light up with different messages from time to time, though, so it’s a nice feature.
Within the app you can do things that help the purifier along, like turning on the location for accurate outside air pollution data, whether you live in an ‘urban’, ‘rural’ or ‘suburban’ area, and if you live in a house or an apartment. You can even tell it whether your house is a new build or on the older side.
Mila Air Purifier: Features
The Mila is stuffed to the brim with handy features and ways to view your data, and breaks down everything from the types of particles in the air, optimum temperature and humidity levels. All of this, so goes the reasoning, contributes to the quality of the air we breathe.
It’s refreshing to have so much information available within the app itself, making it feel more like the purifier is actually doing something, which can be a question with any device designed to work away in the background.
There are two key ways to use the Mila - manual and automatic. Manual is self-explanatory, allowing you to set the fan level to your liking, while automatic offers a lot more customisation. While testing, we found that both were useful for different situations, as sometimes auto mode could become quite noisy at just the wrong moment. The ability to switch to manual with the app allowed us to sidestep that problem.
That said, if you just want an air purifier you can plug in and leave to work its magic, then the Mila might not be the best choice. It’s strange to criticise something having too many features, but it can sometimes feel like you’re doing battle with the air.
One problem we had, for example, was the purifier’s reaction to essential oils in the air, whether they were being created by a diffuser on the other side of the room or by a candle nearby. While this makes sense if you think of these oils as impurities, but it does mean that an evening relaxation with some diffused lavender will be interrupted by the purifier working at full strength.
Sleep mode and ‘Bubble Boy’ mode also impact how the fan runs, with the latter designed to override other noise settings to get the air quality down to 0.0 (meaning your air is clean as a whistle) no matter what, so we advise tweaking these until you’re happy.
Mila Air Purifier: Design
The way the Mila air purifier looks is perhaps its most attractive selling point, and it's clear that a lot of care and work has gone into both the physical device and its app. The general vibe that the company has thought about how the Mila might appear in someone’s space and as part of someone’s day goes a long way.
However, we do wish that the purifier was a touch smaller, as the boxy shape (offset somewhat by the wooden legs) takes up more space than necessary and makes it difficult to find a good place for it to live.
You’ll need to leave enough room around and above the Mila for it to be able to take in the air for cleaning so if you lack a big open space, it could get tricky.
Mila Air Purifier: Our Verdict
The Mila Air Purifier does everything you would want and more besides, monitoring air quality both inside and out, reacting to the slightest scent of pollution and allowing you to set automations and modes easily within the app. The device itself, while a little on the large side, looks sleek and modern. A fantastic choice, but perhaps not for casual users.
About the review
Caroline covers air purifiers and other smart tech on Real Homes, testing devices and gadgets to see whether they work in the home, making life easier or more pleasurable. The Mila Air Purifier was tested in a small studio by a frequently-opened window and close to the kitchen area. As with all products, it was tested over a period of several weeks.